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  • 2019 Oct 10

Thursday, October 10

Gracious God

Today's reading: Genesis 4:1-26

Life as they knew it changed drastically for Adam and Eve after choosing to sin against God. But while Adam and Eve changed—God did not. His love for them remained steady and strong. So we come to Genesis 4, where, with God watching over and protecting them, Adam and Eve are living outside of Eden working the land and starting their family with the gift of their first sons, Cain and Abel.

As Cain and Abel grow, Cain chooses to work the land as a farmer and Abel elects to be a shepherd. All seems well, but the sin that was birthed through Adam and Eve is now actively in the world. We see it in this text through the offering Cain made which was not pleasing to God, Cain's jealousy toward and then murder of Abel, and Cain's disrespectful and unrepentant attitude after the fact. As with Adam and Eve, God disciplines Cain, but His love remains steady and strong.

What did God's interactions with Cain reveal to you about God? What about what He desires from us? How He watches over us? His discipline? His steady love for us? Tami

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